5 Tips to Help Attract and Retain Health Care Staff

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Smiling man and woman in business attire

With an aging baby boomer population and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more individuals than ever before are seeking the services of health care providers.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that occupations and industries related to the field of health care are projected to add the most new jobs by 2022. Without a doubt, the need for health care providers is growing at an unprecedented rate. The American Association of Medical Colleges predicts a deficit of 46,000 to 90,000 physicians by 2025. And the American Association of Colleges of Nursing projects a growing shortage of nurses, with experts predicting the need for over 1 million new nurses by 2022.

Clearly, supply is not meeting the demand for skilled health care professionals. For this reason, a top priority for health care organizations has to be the attraction and retention of their employees. In such a competitive environment, how does management at hospitals and other health facilities draw in skilled professionals?

According to Healthcare Dive, there are several approaches organizations have taken to attract top employees:

Flexible scheduling

Patient needs come first, but health care organizations are seeing the value of offering employees flexible shifts and accommodating preferences for evening versus day, and weekday versus weekend hours.

Professional development

Opportunities for career growth consistently rate high among employees. Many health care organizations offer benefits such as tuition reimbursement and on-the-job training sessions.

Generous benefit package

Beyond providing competitive wages, and health care and retirement benefits, many companies attract employees by offering free or very-reduced cost childcare, bonuses and unlimited sick time.

Social media

he younger generations have the most years remaining as part of the workforce. Organizations are reaching out through technology and social media to attract and retain the most energetic members of society.

Holding on to the best

Keeping great employees around is just as important as hiring the right staff. Experts agree that the best thing management can do for employees is to keep them happy by listening to concerns and considering solutions from every staff member, at all levels. Companies that consider their staff to be their biggest asset are the same companies that tend to hold on to, and draw in, the most talented employees.

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